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Asia-Pacific Strategic Relations: Seeking Convergent Security (Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies) Paperback – March 4, 2002

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  • Series: Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521003687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521003681
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,566,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A detailed and thoughtful analysis....Strong and well-argued..." Foreign Affairs

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An overview of security relations in the Asia-Pacific arguing for a strategy that promises to achieve greater regional stability. It finds that current approaches by policy-makers increase the likelihood of conflict. Instead, it proposes that a strategy of 'convergent security' be adopted to build an enduring regional security framework. A concise survey of key approaches to international relations, the book also includes extensive historical and contemporary empirical discussion. This authoritative and broad-ranging survey is designed for a wide body of analysts and students of Asian politics and strategy.

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For some reason it seems that the most polarized views of international relations take center stage in the thought and implementation of policy by the nations of the world. Even though both realism and liberalism may over-emphasize their respective core points and contain serious faults, they both individually remain the focus of succeeding administrations in various nations among the Asia-Pacific. Not only does realist or liberal thought dominate the decision making bodies in this region, but they are also the only serious endeavors put forth by academics. If these two approaches are not managed sagaciously, their dogmatic natures may exacerbate rather than fix the very sophisticated problems of Pacific Asia.

Bill Tow brings us the situation in the Asia-Pacific from his own unique, ideological perspective. He demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of the two ideologies that dominate regional thought, realism and liberalism, and allows us to see the consequences that could occur if they were implemented foolishly. He then goes into the various possibilities that either realism or liberalism present for the major players of Pacific Asia. Specifically, Tow breaks down what possible policy implications there are for the two "great-powers" (China and Japan), the two "flash-points" (Korea and Taiwan), the peripheral players (the nations of ASEAN and Australia), and the super-power (the USA). Tow finishes with his own, audacious policy solution for the region, convergent security. He takes what he feels are the strengths of both realism and liberalism and combines them to form convergent security. Although convergent security is an amalgam of realism and liberalism, it really shows itself to be a product of globalism.
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